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Advanced Therapeutics

Specializing in Chronic & Acute Pain

Tammy R. Mawhinney, LMT



Integrated Manual Therapy — Newsletter No. 2

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This is the second part of an ongoing newsletter.



Issue 2


Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique or reciprocal inhibition was developed by Fred Mitchell Sr. D.O. in the late 1950's. It is a direct technique for addressing joint mobility and restoring articular balance in the skeletal system. The pelvis, spine, neck and peripheral joints, such as shoulders, knees, and ankles can all be assessed and treated with this technique. To apply this technique, the joint being treated is stacked on three planes in the least mobile direction, to the muscle barrier. The muscle barrier is the point at which the muscle fibers just start to tighten. A gentle unilateral isometric contraction is applied by the patient for six to eight seconds. After the six to eight seconds joint mobility will have improved and the muscle barrier will have changed. The joint is then restacked and the whole procedure is repeated three times. The result is increased joint mobility and better articular balance of stiff joints. The result is better posture with increased range of motion and less pain.

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage was developed by Emil Vodder, PhD. in the 1930's and has been further developed by others since. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and works indirectly with the circulatory system. Blood leaves the heart through the arterial system and returns through the venous and the lymphatic system. Arterial blood contains oxygen, nutrients, and hormones. It diffuses through the capillary walls and becomes the interstitial fluid that provides needed substances to cells. Waste is moved through lymphatic vessels in the form of lymph and is returned to the venous blood system where it is filtered out and removed. It is when the interstitial fluid enters a lymph vessel, that its name changes from interstitial fluid to lymph. In effect the lymph system fine tunes the drainage of the interstitium and thus works to evacuate wastes and excess fluid and substances from the interstitial environment. If the lymph did not regain this fluid, the body would develop major edemas (swelling), become toxic, and death would occur. Manual Lymph Drainage is designed to encourage the flow of lymph back into the venous system. The lymph system circulates about two liters of lymph a day. Manual lymph drainage can elevate lymph evacuation to twenty or thirty liters a day.

Health is not simply
the absence of sickness

Hannah Green



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 Restrictions in the skull
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 and body pain.

Visceral Manipulation Technique

Visceral Manipulation was developed by Jean-Pierre Barrel, D.O. in the 1970's and has been further developed by others since. It employs both direct and indirect techniques. The method is designed to locate and treat specific areas of deep fascial restriction within the chest, abdominal, and pelvic cavities. Good palpation skills and knowledge of anatomy are critical for identifying and treating problem areas. The procedure is based on specific placement of soft manual forces to the area of dysfunction to encourage mobility, tone, and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. This manipulation can improve the function of the individual organs, the system that the organ functions within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. This technique addresses the mobility and motility of organs or viscera. Visceral mobility refers to movement of the organs in response to voluntary movement, or movement of the diaphragm with breathing, etc. Visceral motility refers to the inherent motion of the organs themselves. All organs should function without any restrictions. Any restriction, fixation, or adhesion to another structure implies functional impairment of the organ and a loss of range motion in the body.

Cranial Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy

Cranial Osteopathy was developed by William Sutherland, D.O. in the 1930's. It is used to assess and treat restrictions in sutural joint (joints where he bones in the skull meet) and to synchronize cranial impulse rhythms. Cranial impulse rhythms are subtle movements of the skull that occur by the production, circulation, and reabsorption of cerebral spinal fluid as it is manufactured in the brain. Cerebral spinal fluid circulates through the central nervous system, nourishing the brain and spinal cord. Restrictions in the skull can cause severe head aches and body pain. This technique has been used successfully to treat migraines, vertigo, TMJ, etc.

These restrictions in the skull can cause sever head aches and body pain. John Upledger, D.O. further developed this to include the meninges (the covering of the brain and spinal cord.

A complicated problem may be evaluated one system at a time, differentially diagnosed and treated with the appropriate modality.

Some of the benefits of integrated manual therapy are:

  • Removal of muscle spasm
  • Normalization of fascial tension
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced swelling
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased strength
  • Improved quality of life
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Tammy R. Mawhinney, LMT

767 River Road
Mexico, ME 04257
207-562-6061

and

184 Webster Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240
207-782-0478



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